Ribbon Cut on New $600,000 Science Lab at P.S. 183 Funded by
Council Member Kallos Following Participatory Budgeting Win
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Upper East Side, NY – Today, students, teachers, school administrators and members of the school's PTA joined Council Member Ben Kallos to cut the ribbon on a new $600,000 hydroponics lab. P.S. 183 won the discretionary funds from Council Member Ben Kallos to build the lab during Participatory Budgeting in 2017 with 1,514 votes.
Construction began in July of 2018 and was completed in under a year. Construction in the lab featured electrical upgrades, moving a heating unit, and all new sinks, countertops, cabinetry, furniture, as well as lab equipment.
“We must invest in STEM education to prepare students for jobs of the future and today we cut the ribbon on a $600,000 science lab,” said Council Member Ben Kallos who has allocated funding through Participatory Budgeting in 2017. “Voting creates real change. The 11-year-olds and parents who voted can see for themselves, as they learn first hand the power of democracy, not to mention all the science they’ll get done.”
Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process in which any resident of a Council District aged 11 or older can vote online or in person on how to spend taxpayer dollars on capital projects in the neighborhood. Council Member Kallos encourages residents to get involved in the Participatory Budgeting process by suggesting projects and volunteering time to get more people voting at BenKallos.com/PB
"P.S. 183 is thankful for our community's response during the participatory budget process and Council Member Ben Kallos' support for providing funds for the enrichment of our students' Science curriculum. We are also excited for our new partnership with NY Sunworks and the work they will do in sustaining our Hydroponics lab in the years to come," said Principal Martin Woodard.
“I’m thrilled the School Construction Authority was able to partner with Council Member Kallos to provide students with this wonderful new hydroponic lab that will enhance the school’s STEM curriculum and support green initiatives for the community,” said SCA President and CEO Lorraine Grillo.
“Democracy has worked to bring us greater resources to lead us into a productive future. Our society needs more young students to learn the richness and variety of science and to become enthusiastic about entering the field. How gratifying that democracy has enabled the wonder of science to reach more of our younger students,” Alida Camp Chair of Community Board 8.
“There’s nothing more important than ensuring that our children have all the tools they need to learn and succeed in school,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “The new science lab at P.S. 183 was a long-fought battle, but the parents and students won. Congratulations to all involved.”
"It's terrific to see projects like this come to fruition. The science lab at P.S. 183 will be used for years to come, and is a direct result of community engagement. Thank you to Council Member Kallos for making this available for constituents," said Council Member Keith Powers.
“PS 183 has an amazing, caring community who worked really hard to get out the word about Participatory Budgeting and our effort to get a Green STEM Lab. Families and friends spread the word by email, word of mouth and by handing out flyers and educated folks all over the neighborhood in good and bad weather. We are so grateful to Councilmember Ben Kallos for having our district be part of Participatory Budgeting. We are also grateful to so many neighbors outside the school community who supported us. What a fantastic addition to PS 183! Councilmember Kallos has been a great supporter of the schools in Council District 5 and has helped ensure they continue to be among the best in the city — and for Blue Ribbon School PS 183, the best in the US, “said Michael Ekstract Chair, PS 183 Student Leadership Team
"We are honored to work with Principal Woodard and his team at PS 183 in their vision to bring 21st-century science and sustainability education into the classroom. The hydroponic lab will provide students with the opportunity to grow food while learning hands-on about science and climate education as well as food justice and community service. We thank Council Member Ben Kallos and his team as well as the PS 183 community for their partnership, and for making this dream possible, ” said Manuela Zamora, the Executive Director at NY Sun Works.
“We welcome any enhancements to the educational curriculum that can be offered to students. As the union that represents more than 5,000 School Safety Agents who work to maintain the security of public school children, we applaud both Council Member Kallos and the students of P.S. 183 for this impressive addition to the educational environment of the school, which also stands as a shining example of democracy at work”, said Gregory Floyd, President Local 237 and Vice President –at Large on the General Board of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
“The East Sixties Neighborhood Association strongly supports our neighborhood public schools and we salute Council Member Ben Kallos for his tireless efforts to bring innovative facilities to the next generation of NewYork City’s Nobel Prize-winning scientists, “ said Barry Schneider, President, East Sixties Neighborhood Association, Inc.”